C & B Wedding

This past September we held a small wedding celebration in New York City with family and friends.  Since we got engaged in Paris last Christmas, we kept with the Parisian theme with a touch of vintage New York. It was fun to design and create these personal touches for our own wedding.

Photography: Ashbury Fair

Venue: Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery

Music : Ryo Sasaki

Hair & Make-up: Aki Maekubo

Dress: BHLDN - Grazia, Adrianna Papell

Invitation Suite & Welcome Pizza Box: Cathie Urushibata

Marrakech: Food Stalls

I think one of my favorite things about Marrakech was Djemma el Fna a.k.a. the food stalls. As the sun begins to set and the men prepare their stalls, the air starts to fill with with great aroma. It's quite a spectacle and amazing that they do this every night. 

Snail soup: I think my parents will be shocked that I ate this. I was a very picky eater when I was younger. And I have to admit it wasn't too bad, but I do prefer how the Parisians prepare their escargot.

Harira soup: A traditional Moroccan soup made out of tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, and an assortment of herbs and spices. It was very similar to minestrone soup.

Lamb Sausage: These little links of lamb sausage were very flavorful and great with the salsa like dipping sauce.

See more food photos here.


Marrakech: Lamb Alley

When a friend of mine heard that I was going to Morocco, he sent me this picture (man on the left). He told me to find this man at Mechoui Alley. Luckily we stumbled upon the alley and I showed this picture to the man (on the right) and asked where I can find him. He said, "That is my father." At first, I didn't believe him because I thought he just wanted us to eat at his shop. But he quickly pointed out the stars and the tiles were the same in the background. There was no doubt there and he welcomed us to his delicious slow roasted lamb.

The pit

The goods

More photos here.

Le Relais de l'Entrecôte

After a day in Versailles (still working on uploading/editing those pics) we came back to the city to try Le Relais de 'Entrecôte. The wait for a table was down the block, felt like I was back in NYC. This restaurant only serves steak and frites with this special green sauce. Their dessert menu was much more elaborate. I would come back here, but would not want to wait in that line. Just like how I feel about Shake Shack.


my first dinner

I was exhausted from my red eye flight to Paris and barely slept. So by the time I got to my apt and unpacked, I was ready for a nap. While I slept, it rained and quickly cleared up. Luckily, I got this shot outside of my balcony.


Soon after I walked around my neighborhood and found this church.

Then I had my first meal, at this restaurant called P'tite Bougnate I ordered a quiche (one of the few things that I recognized on the menu!)